Microsoft, Samsung Call-Enabled Speaker Features Cortana, Skype

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The device, which could be launched at its annual developers conference, called BUILD, is developed by Harman Kardon. This sophisticated device is ideal for those who want to make the most of every moment of their day.

"We want Cortana to be available wherever you may need assistance being more productive, and the Invoke speaker from Harman Kardon is our next step in getting there", said Microsoft.

'Voice-enabled technology is the future; by teaming up with Microsoft, we're delivering on our promise of elevating a connected life through smart technology, superior sound and the stunning design that is Harman Kardon's hallmark'. Last but not least, consumers will have to set up the Invoke speaker by using the Cortana app on Windows 10, Windows 10 Mobile, iOS or Android.

Users will be able to make and receive calls with Skype, Voice control your music and get things done with Cortana.

Smart Home Control: Control your smart home devices including lights and thermostat and more.

Cortana: Cortana is your truly personal digital assistant created to help you be more productive.

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Two colors. As Brad hinted at, the Invoke will come in two color choices: Graphite (Black) and Pearl Silver (White).

Harman Kardon and Microsoft unveiled the Invoke today. Harman highlighted the device's integration with Microsoft's Skype internet-calling service - a feature neither rival has, though each reportedly is considering it for the next generation of their products.

The cylindrical voice-activated speaker looks similar to the Amazon Echo from a design perspective and sports seven directional microphones, enabling it to pick up on voice commands from far away or in noisy rooms.

What are your current thoughts on the Cortana-powered Invoke? While we shouldn't write off the Invoke yet, Microsoft needs to tell us how it's just a single piece of a Cortana-powered ecosystem that presumably spans the PC to your home to maybe your auto. The 2 passive radiators are tuned to give a solid bass performance from a small enclosure.

Microsoft and Harman Kardon, a subsidiary of Samsung Electronics, are set to release a smart speaker this fall that plays music, manages calendars, checks traffic and more - and it is powered by Cortana.

While information is fairly thin on the ground about the capabilities of the speaker, it is safe to assume that it will follow in the same vein as the Amazon Echo and the Google Home.

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